Kar­ratha keen on host­ing 2016 Cup

Pilbara News - - News - Tom Zaun­mayr

The Pil­bara could have a chance to host the $175,000 18-carat gold Emi­rates Mel­bourne Cup tro­phy and rac­ing iden­ti­ties in their towns and cities again this year.

Ten­ders have opened for the 14th an­nual Emi­rates Mel­bourne Cup Tour, which will see the cov­eted tro­phy travel across Aus­tralia and New Zealand, bring­ing com­mu­ni­ties to­gether in cel­e­bra­tion of the “Peo­ple’s Cup”.

Kar­ratha and Dis­tricts Cham­ber of Com­merce and In­dus­try was suc­cess­ful in their bid to bring the Cup to the City of Kar­ratha last year.

Vic­to­ria Rac­ing Club chief ex­ec­u­tive Si­mon Love said they were plac­ing ad­di­tional em­pha­sis on vis­it­ing ex­ist­ing race meet­ings around Aus­tralia this year.

“Lo­cal race days are of­ten such im­por­tant events for com­mu­ni­ties,” he said.

“To cel­e­brate our sport’s con­tri­bu­tion across the na­tion, this year the VRC will look to sup­port lo­cal races that co­in­cide with the tour, as one as­pect of the vis­its to those com­mu­ni­ties.”

Ap­pli­ca­tions for the 2016 Emi­rates Mel­bourne Cup Tour are open to com­mu­nity groups, coun­cils and rac­ing bod­ies in ru­ral and re­gional ar­eas and cap­i­tal cities, with the suc­cess­ful des­ti­na­tions an­nounced in June 2016.

While on Tour, the Cup will be joined by a sta­ble of rac­ing leg­ends, in­clud­ing no­table Mel­bourne Cup-win­ning own­ers, jock­eys, train­ers, fash­ion iden­ti­ties and of­fi­cials, who will share per­sonal sto­ries of tri­umph and vic­tory from their il­lus­tri­ous ca­reers.

The Tour will of­fi­cially start its jour­ney in July 2016, be­fore re­turn­ing to Mel­bourne for the run­ning of the 156th Emi­rates Mel­bourne Cup on the first Tues­day in Novem­ber.

Ten­ders can be sub­mit­ted at mel­bournecup­tour.com.au by 5pm April 11.

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